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A Christmas Carol (1843)

by Charles Dickens, Lisbeth Zwerger

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    The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford (bell7)
    bell7: Les Standiford explores the many ways in which Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" affected our celebration of Christmas.
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    David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (ncgraham)
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    Stories For Christmas by Charles Dickens (ReadHanded)
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    The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde (chrisharpe)
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    Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain by Charles Dickens (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: The Haunted Man is the last of Charles Dickens' five Christmas tales and the one most like A Christmas Carol.
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    The Haunted Looking Glass: Ghost Stories Chosen by Edward Gorey by Edward Gorey (jonathankws)
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    The Lives and Times of Ebenezer Scrooge by Paul Davis (JGKC)
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    A Christmas Carol as a mime with narration by Kay Macaulife (KayCliff)
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    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (cometahalley)
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    I Saw Three Ships by Elizabeth Goudge (Voracious_Reader)
    Voracious_Reader: Sweet, short Christmas story. Not a similar plot to A Christmas Carol, but I find it more enjoyable.
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    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass and Alice's Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll (cometahalley)
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    The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired the Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life by Philip Van Doren Stern (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: The Greatest Gift is the book that was turned into It's a Wonderful Life, probably the second best Christmas story after A Christmas Carol!
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    Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood (kathrynnd)
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His writing is so full of personality; it's wondrous! This is my favorite holiday story, and after viewing dozens of movie versions I finally took time to read the book. Charles Dickens is a grand writer; his verbal illustrations are vivid. 'A Christmas Carol' is an untouchable and timeless tale I think everyone should read. ( )
  REGoodrich | Dec 10, 2014 |
Writing: 4.5
Theme: 4.5
Content: 4.5
Language: 5.0

Overall: 4.5; Great classic novel. What a wonderful theme: Ebenezer Scrooge lives a reclusive and wretched life and treats others (including family) with disdain and vitriol. At least that's the case before he is visited by three ghosts on Christmas. These visions manifest to Scrooge his repulsive life and lead him to make a drastic change in his personality and actions with others. Highly recommend, especially at the Christmas season.

***December 5, 2014*** ( )
  jntjesussaves | Dec 5, 2014 |
review to follow ( )
  Jemima_Pett | Nov 11, 2014 |
I was able to get a copy of this book at the library with beautiful pictures y Roberto Innocenti. The language of Dickens just flows as poetry even though it is prose. Although it is classified as a children's book, it is really a family book, made for a parent to read to their children. I can see smaller children asking many questions, because he doesn't talk down to them, but uses a vast vocabulary. I found myself going to the dictionary a few time. There are many more details than would fit any movie or play adaptation (or else I just forgot them.) I'm going to try to make point of reading this at least every other year if not each year from now on. ( )
  eliorajoy | Oct 25, 2014 |
Muppet version is somewhat superior. ( )
  humblewomble | Oct 19, 2014 |
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Dickens, Charlesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zwerger, Lisbethmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Altın, SamiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
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"God bless us, every one!" said Tiny Tim, the last of all.
"Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!"
Marley was dead: to begin with.
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This work contains various editions of the unabridged book "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Please do not combine it with adaptations or abridgments, or with collections that contain additional works.
ISBN 1568461828 is not a DK Eyewitness Classics edition.
ISBN 1580495796 is "Unabridged with glossary and reader's notes." "This Prestwick House edition, is an unabridged republication of A Christmas Carol, published by George Routledge and Sons, London."
ISBN 1857159284 is an Everyman's Library Children's Classics edition of A Christmas Carol.
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Filled with description, Charles Dickens writes about the struggles of a poor family and the despicable Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is a ruthless man who only cares about himself and money. Scrooge's entire character is changed on the night of Christmas Eve when is is visited by three ghosts as he relives parts of his past and his future in order to see what has and would become of him if he does not make a dramatic change in his life. I absolutely love this story and all that it entails. It is somewhat towards the bottom of my list though because some of the description can become a bit daunting as you read this novel.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0486268659, Paperback)

In the history of English literature, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, which has been continuously in print since it was first published in the winter of 1843, stands out as the quintessential Christmas story. What makes this charming edition of Dickens's immortal tale so special is the collection of 80 vivid illustrations by Everett Shinn (1876-1953). Shinn, a well-known artist in his time, was a popular illustrator of newspapers and magazines whose work displayed a remarkable affinity for the stories of Charles Dickens, evoking the bustling street life of the mid-1800s. Printed on heavy, cream-colored paper stock, the edges of the pages have been left rough, simulating the way in which the story might have appeared in Dickens's own time. Though countless editions of this classic have been published over the years, this one stands out as particularly beautiful, nostalgic, and evocative of the spirit of Christmas.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:59:46 -0400)

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Una grabacion completa por un elenco de artistas, en espa ol, de la obra clasica de Charles Dickens Un Cuento de Navidad (A Christmas Carol). Se le da la oportunidad a un hombre llamado Scrooge de cambiar un destino maldito por ser tomado en un viaje a traves del tiempo por los fantasmas de las Navidades pasadas, presentes, y futuras.… (more)

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